3 Reasons NOT to Use a TV as a Computer Monitor

You’re looking to make some updates to your computer setup, and at the top of your list is an idea to replace your computer monitor with a TV. It’ll make everything you do on your computer bigger and better… right?

Not so fast. While utilizing a TV may sound like an ingenious way to upgrade, the fact is that sticking with a computer monitor is a much better choice for a slew of reasons. We’re here to make the case with three important points!

 1. The Connection

Depending on your computer’s connection capabilities, your plan to use a TV as a monitor may be thwarted right out of the gate. Many computers don’t have the ability to connect to an … Read more...

Sleeping Soundly: How To Sleep When You’re Not Tired

It’s common knowledge that a good night’s sleep is imperative if you’re hoping to operate at peak performance throughout the day. After all, inadequate sleep can lead to feelings of exhaustion, fuel a bad mood, and slash your productivity significantly. But, if you often have trouble falling asleep, a full night of rest might simply seem like an unattainable luxury. Luckily, this is far from the case – read on to learn how you can help yourself sleep even when you don’t feel tired.

1. Sort out the thoughts racing around your head.

Whether you’re worrying over work or simply trying to assemble your weekend schedule in your head, your thoughts can be your own worst enemy when it comes … Read more...

Seltzer vs. SodaStream and Why I Switched

Searching for healthy drink alternatives to soda and juices can be challenging. Luckily, my family and I drink a lot of flavored seltzer— not only is it refreshing, but it’s caffeine and sugar free. I’m pleased this is our drink of choice, but while dropping empty cans into the recycling bin one day, I began to think about my impact on the environment and the amount of money I spend a month on cases of seltzer.

Looking at those empty cans, I thought of all that recycling waste and couldn’t believe a small family produced so much. Then, I thought about how many times I found half-empty cans lying around or in the refrigerator. No one drank them, they went … Read more...

Pain Be Gone: 4 Methods For Dealing With Morning Aches

While a good night’s sleep can have powerful effects like helping to refresh and energize your mind and offering soothing relief for your body, many people still experience pain and stiffness when morning arrives. This can cause numerous problems, from reducing your ability to engage in physical activities to simply diminishing your level of productivity. But, as with many types of pain, these exasperating morning aches can be dealt with by taking the appropriate steps. Here, we’ll guide you through a few methods of making sure each night is as restorative as possible.

1. Exercise regularly.

It might seem difficult or even impossible on some days to incorporate an evening jog or another sort of workout into your busy schedule. … Read more...

How to Use Your Outdoor Space in the Fall

When the days become shorter and temperatures become cooler, don’t let the end-of-summer blues stop you from having fun outside. Crisp weather and beautiful foliage make autumn a perfect time to revel in the open air, so here are some ways to make the most of your outdoor space this fall!

Add Layers

Throwing on a sweatshirt is just the beginning – keep comfortable in cool weather by adding layers to your outdoor space wherever you can. For example, if your outdoor seating doesn’t have cushions, improvise with a few thick throw pillows and keep some fuzzy blankets on hand. To create an even cozier feel, why not lay down a rug? It’ll create another layer of insulation while adding … Read more...

What are the Different Types of Refrigerators?

A refrigerator is a serious purchase – after all, it’s not often you buy something you intend on using every single day for at least the next ten years. We understand that anyone who’s been out of the refrigerator-shopping game for a while may feel overwhelmed by modern icebox options, and we want to make sure you’re well-informed before taking the (refreshingly cool) plunge into refrigerator commitment. Here’s a breakdown of today’s most common refrigerator styles!

Top Freezer Refrigerator

Tried and true, this is the classic refrigerator style that’s been a kitchen mainstay for decades. While the top freezer refrigerator is less energy-efficient than other options, and having the refrigerator at a lower level may not be ideal for some … Read more...

The Fold Test: Do You Need New Pillows?

You’ve probably heard quite a bit about how to choose the right mattress, but what about pillows? Even though you might not think about them too often, pillows play an indispensable role in providing a good night’s sleep. Accordingly, they should be replaced regularly to make sure your neck, head and shoulders receive the support required to keep you comfortable until the sun peeks over the horizon. If you’re not sure your pillows are still in good condition, the fold test offers a simple way to determine whether or not it’s time for a replacement.

How To Perform The Fold Test

The fold test is quite simple – just fold your pillow in half, hold it in place for 30 … Read more...

Move-In Day: Five Essential Items For Your First Apartment

This is it – you’re finally moving out on your own for the very first time. It’s sure to be an exciting process, but along with the sweet taste of freedom come the responsibilities of independence, which include outfitting your apartment with furniture, small appliances, décor and much more with your hard-earned money. Here, we’ll guide you through five crucial items that you’ll want to consider before spending frivolously.

1. A Mattress (And Related Bedding Gear)

No apartment is complete without a bed. It’s very likely that you’ll prefer a mattress that not only offers comfort, but will keep you sleeping soundly for years on end, so you don’t have to make the same investment year after year. Therefore, consider … Read more...

5 Ways to Sleep Well with Arthritis

Arthritis isn’t always easy to deal with. Arthritic pain affects everyone differently, and it can take its toll on numerous aspects of your life, including your ability to fall asleep. And if you’re not getting the sleep you need, you may find yourself temperamental, unproductive, and generally exhausted. Fortunately, if you’re suffering from arthritis, there are several ways to alleviate this pain to help ensure that you rest soundly throughout the night. Read on to learn five ways to deal with nighttime arthritis pain.

1. Get more exercise

Making sure to get enough exercise throughout your day is one of the most reliable ways to lock in a good night’s sleep. You may not immediately take to the idea of … Read more...

5 Hacks That Will Make Your Study Sessions Way More Enjoyable

Between multiple classes, studying for exams, and writing essays, college life can be hectic and stressful. But it doesn’t have to be! Study sessions don’t have to involve last-minute cramming and pulling all-nighters. A few positive changes can make all the difference.

1.) Find your ideal study spot

The key to a successful study session is finding a space that works best for you. If you like a quiet, relaxing location, you should seek out a spot in your campus library or maybe even peaceful scenery outside. Pack all you need in your backpack and explore the grounds of your campus. Find somewhere relaxing like near a pond or on the quad. I went to school upstate, so there were … Read more...